February 16, 2005

Privacy and Government to be Addressed at 2005 Privacy Summit


Government Privacy Certification Module to be Introduced during March Conference

York, Maine — February 16,  2005 —  Privacy and government takes center stage during the 2005 IAPP National Summit, hosted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the world's foremost association for individuals in the profession of privacy.  Taking advantage of the conference's Washington, D.C. location at the Omni Shoreham Hotel March 9-11, 2005, the IAPP will gather experts from all levels of local, state, federal, and international government to address pressing issues facing the privacy community.  In addition, the IAPP will premiere a government privacy certification as part of its Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) program during the Summit.

Lydia Parnes, director, Bureau of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission, will open the full conference at 8:15 on the morning of Thursday, March 10 with a keynote address.  Ms. Parnes will update Summit attendees on recent FTC activities, while offering a look ahead at privacy issues and policies the FTC will address during 2005.

"There is no better way to understand the complexities of privacy as a public policy issue than to hear directly from those individuals whose job it is to write and enforce privacy as public policy," said IAPP Executive Director Trevor Hughes.  "You will find no better representation of key personalities in state, federal, and international privacy than we will have gathered at the National Summit in March."

Also featured on March 10 are influential policy makers and enforcers like Joanne McNabb, chief, California Office of Privacy Protection; Mary Beth Parisi, manager, Technology Policy and Planning, Ohio Supreme Court; Jeanette Thornton, policy analyst, Office of Management and Budget; Lisa Dean, privacy officer, Transportation Security Administration, Zoe Strickland, chief privacy officer, United States Post Office; and Jerry Gates, chair, NIITF Privacy Working Group, Bureau of the Census.  Representatives from Europe, South America, and Canada will also be on hand.

These and other governmental experts will discuss data sharing, public records, corporate and governmental interaction, eGovernment initiatives, data security, and privacy's influence on doing business abroad.

On Friday, March 11, the Summit will host a roundtable discussion of federal and state trends in privacy featuring Dan Caprio, chief privacy officer, Department of Commerce; Marcia Hoffmann, director, Open Government Project, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Eva Kleederman, policy analyst, Office of Management and Budget; Joanne McNabb, chief, California Office of Privacy Protection; and Heather Morton, senior policy analyst, National Conference of State Legislatures.

Also on March 11, the IAPP will debut the first government privacy certification examination. The CIPP/G is an extension of the association's private sector certification, the CIPP. It will test candidates on U.S. government privacy laws, policies and practices as well as laws and regulations that are applicable to both the private and public sectors. The certification is targeted toward employees and officers of U.S. federal, state and local government as well as vendors, suppliers and consultants who serve government clients. The exam will be held in parallel with the CIPP examination, at the Omni Shoreham's Regency Ballroom, from 8am to 10am. Information and registration for IAPP privacy certification are available at

The IAPP National Summit is the year's largest privacy conference.  Focusing on strategic initiatives and privacy policy, the IAPP National Summit offers information and guidance from privacy's leading thinkers and experts from the U.S. and around the world.

Registration Information:

2005 IAPP National Summit

March 9 — 11, 2005

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

About the IAPP

The International Association of Privacy Professionals is the world's leading association of privacy and security professionals.  The IAPP helps define and support the profession of privacy by being a forum for interaction, education, and discussion across industries.  To learn more, visit


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